During the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase it was confirmed that Ark 2 will release in 2023, and be coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day one. We saw Vin Diesel ride a tyrannosaurus, and that's a series of words I never imagined having to type before. To celebrate the announcement, Studio Wildcard are giving away the original Ark: Survival Evolved free for a limited time.
It's been quite a journey for Ark, which entered Early Access in 2015. Chris investigated it at the time, and narrowed down its appeal to two things it lets you do: ride dinosaurs, and make your character poop. Before it left Early Access in 2017, Ark received updates like the addition of growable beards, and then functioning toilets, which it took Chris four hours and a dozen dead sheep to get working. It's continued being updated since.
As our resident survival game expert, Chris spent a lot of time writing about Ark. He declared the best mount in the game about riding dinosaurs was actually a damn frog, and also found time to sing the praises of its pickiest creature, a giant snail that eats only cake.
What a game. You can claim your copy of Ark on Steam any time between now and Sunday, June 19, at 10am PDT. While you're at it, Ark 2 has a Steam page as well.